'Wasatch Fire' Epilobium canum var. garrettii


Technical Summary

Plants of the intermontane plateaus have evolved to take advantage of the natural timing of water availability, which comes mostly in the form of winter snow and early spring and fall rains. Remaining comparatively sedate throughout the months of spring and summer, Wasatch Fire leaps into color as summer heat gives way to shorter days and cooler nights. A once over spring pruning reveals foliage tinged with red along the stems and on underneath sides of the leaves. As the days warm the foliage transitions into a luxurious green mound some 18 inches tall and wide. Deep, red flowers bring loads of fall attention to the garden, and quickly become a favorite feeding station for hummingbirds. The species naturally inhabits rock crevices and cliffs and its ability to spread is contained in such substrates. However, in the garden Wasatch Fire can easily spread upwards of 2 1/2 feet. It is tolerant of poor soils, demands lots of sun, and needs approximately an inch of water every two weeks to remain looking vibrant and floriferous, often remaining blooming even after a few fall frosts.


Commercial Applications

•  Performs admirably in ornamental gardens throughout the intermountain states

•  Potential commercial partners:

•  Local nurseries

•  Wholesale growers and propagators


Competitive Advantages

•  Becomes most radiant towards the end of summer months and through the fall

•  Can thrive in poor soils

•  Waterwise once established

•  Requires only 1” of water every two weeks